Textiles in Early New England: Design, Production, and Consumption

Textiles in Early New England: Design, Production, and Consumption


This publication is a collection of papers presented at the Dublin Seminar of New England Folklife conference in June of 1999. This is the first of two volumes addressing New England textiles. These papers place new emphasis on the broader chronological and social dimensions of textile production and usage.

The following is a list of the title and author of each paper:

Early American Silk Patchwork Quilts by Deborah E. Kraak

The Warp and Weft of a Lifetime: The Discovery of a New Hampshire Weaver and Her Work by Donna-Belle Garvin

Lucy Cleveland’s “Figures of Rags”: Textile Arts and Social commentary in Early-Nineteenth-Century New England by Paula Bradstreet Richter

Heads Were Spinning: The Significance of the Patent Accelerating Spinning Wheel Head by Frank G. White

The Laces of Ipswich, Massachusetts: An American Industry, 1750 – 1840 by Marta M. Cottrell

Lace schools and Lace Factories: Female Outwork in New England’s Machine-Lace Industry, 1818 – 1838 by Richard M. Candee

Mitten Production in Nineteenth-Century Downeast Maine by Deborah Pulliam

Industrial Opportunism: From Hand weaving to Mill Production, 1700 – 1830 by Adrienne D. Hood

The Textile Legacy of a Narragansett Planter by Gail B. Putnam

Bandanna: On the Indian Origins of an All-American Textile by Susan S. Bean

“The Great Leap”: Youths’ Clothing in the Early Nineteenth Century by Lynne Zacek Bassett

Designing Women: Massachusetts Milliners in the Nineteenth Century by Glendyne R. Wergland

Luther Edgerton’s Clothing Books: A Record of Men’s Ready-to-Wear from the Early Nineteenth Century by Adrienne E. Saint-Pierre

A Canterbury Tale: Sarah Ann Major Harris and Prudence Crandall by Glee F. Krueger

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